Jumping onto Mr. Luckybluesman's thread--we, too, will be in Venice several days in August. Also plan to mostly wander, with dogeared copies of Chow Venice and Venice Osterie in my bag (thanks for the suggestions TA folk), and pop into whatever recommended places are near to where we are when we're hungry. (Interestingly enough, there is not a lot of overlap between the two books. So lots of restaurant options)
But on our first night, we would like to pre-arrange a reservation. (I am practicing my tourist Italian for that dreaded phone call to make before we leave!) We are a family of 4 (with 2 teens) with fairly broad food tastes. We would like a recommendation for that ONE quintessential Venetian restaurant (or trattoria or osteria) that is charming and in a charming location, has an outdoor eating option, friendly service, lovely food, and nice wine. Moderate to moderately expensive, according to the restaurant guides, would be our limit (though remember we are paying for 4!) We'll be tired, but would like a memorable experience.
My head spins! I obviously need a month in Venice. But can you help me choose for one night? Grazie mille!
PS-what kind of helps is that we're looking for a Sunday night, so that does limit our choices considerably